One Billion+ Campaign Tour UPDATE: Oct. 12, 2012

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Our third week is winding down on the tour and our presenters have sent in their updates for all of you to see. This time, we have a special treat– a video of Co-Director Juan Vanega’s presentation at Colby College created by MEDLIFE Communications Director Lindsay Bigda:

If link above doesn’t work, you can view the video on Vimeo here: http://vimeo.com/51252802

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Oct. 9, 2012: 

My visit at Colby was awesome!  As I began to search for the room where our presentation was going to be, I ran into Jen Tsang. A native to the Greater Bangor Area, she helped me back in 2009 to get a group students together so that I could talk to them about MEDLIFE. That meeting, three years ago, saw the very first inception of MEDLIFE at Colby College. To run into her, precisely as I was about to speak at Colby again, felt like more than just a coincidence, and offered and great little moment to reflect on how much MEDLIFE has grown.

Lindsay and I set up about an hour before the presentation began and we shot some video while we waited for the students to arrive. The presentation went very well and the students were incredibly responsive. They all showed enthusiasm and stuck around for some discussion afterward. The presdient of the chapter, Meghan Tedoldi, did a great job coordinating everything for the meeting to happen and I was reassured to see that she was at the head of the chapter there. I am very confident that it has the potential to, not only do very well this year, but to set itself up so that it will do well in the years to come.

Catch Juan on one of his stops by checking out his other dates on the Northeast region schedule page.


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Oct. 12, 2012: 

The meeting at Indiana went well! They had a strong turnout and an enthusiastic e-board. I was very impressed with the webpage they created. Bloomington is a very charming little town and is especially beautiful this time of year. Thank you, Antony Vo for your hospitality.

I had a productive meeting at the University of Illinois with Krista Kimme, Associate Director of Development at the College of Applied Sciences. She was very enthusiastic about MEDLIFE and I believe that she will help students at UI start a successful MEDLIFE chapter.

I was very impressed with the turnout at Northwestern University. The president, Natalie, and co-president, Neil, are great student leaders. They have both been to South America several times and are able to speak about MEDLIFE and their experiences at great length. They have also already set up volunteer hours and fundraisers despite only being back in school for one whole week! I expect great things from the NWU chapter this year!

See where else Sean is presenting by checking out his other dates on the Midwest schedule page.

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Oct. 8, 2012:

This morning I went to Drew University to speak with two medical anthropology professors, a class, and then at a discussion lunch, and everything went very well. The class seemed interested in the aspect of root causes and about 7 students from the class came to the casual lunch discussion afterwards. Several other students from other classes also came, so there were probably around 15 students in total at lunch. We went over how the mobile clinics are run, what students get to do hands-on, and how MEDLIFE differs from other organizations.

One student told me that he is part of a fundraising group on campus and he was especially interested in the “fundraise for a specific project” part of the presentation, so naturally, I mentioned our Wawa Wasi project to him and the efforts we’ve been making our chapters this month. He said this is something they would like to get involved with. Also, I made it clear that students do not have to be part of a chapter to participate in mobile clinics, and that students don’t have to participate in mobile clinics to be part of a chapter. There were definitely some interested students. We will see what happens!

Catch Biz on the tour by checking out the Mid-Atlantic region schedule page.

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Oct. 11, 2012:

I went to visit Barry’s MEDLIFE chapter in order to present to the current members. Around 15 people showed up. Juan’s story really impacted the members and as soon as the presentation was over, they began sharing fundraising ideas. I expect a lot of good things to come from this chapter!

On the 8th, I went to Ft. Lauderdale to present at the new Nova South Eastern University MEDLIFE chapter. The president seems like a very passionate and hardworking student leader, and I’m very optimistic about working with them. She also informed me that their undergraduate program does not have any global volunteering organizations on campus, so MEDLIFE has potential to be a huge hit. Unfortunately, it was midterms week when I came, so only 4 people were able to show up to the presentation. However, since I will be in South Florida for a few days, I told her that I would come and give the presentation to a larger student body on Friday. Hoping for a good turnout!

Find out where Mauricio will be giving talks in Florida by checking out the Southeast region schedule page.

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Hear it From MEDLIFErs

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Reya Seby
Western University

This trip motivated me more to pursue a career in the healthcare field so that I can use my resources to help those who need it the most, similar to MEDLIFE’s mission.

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Victoria DiCanio
University of Connecticut

It was most enjoyable to finish the hard work and see how big a difference a group of individuals can make. It was such an amazing experience.

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Anita Woo
University of Toronto

I enjoyed the mobile clinics the most, especially the dental and triage portions. I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE trip, it was a great experience.

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David Saff
Maclay High School

The most enjoyable part of my trip was hanging out with the amazing group of kids I was with. I would highly recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others.

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Sydney Sansone
Nova Southeastern University

This trip made everything that I was learning in my public health courses come to life and immersed me in a new culture while also learning about medicine.

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Abygail Youmans
College of Charleston

Being involved with MEDLIFE is not like joining another club - its bigger than that. It is about joining a movement that seeks to help change people’s quality of life for forever.

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Emi Hofmann
University of Central Florida

Not only was I able to participate in a week long Mobile Clinic, shadowing doctors of all types of specialties including pharmacy, dentistry, gynecology, and more, but I was also able to learn about the culture and visit incredible places.

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Julian Takagi-Stewart
University of Toronto

One thing that I really loved about this trip was that MEDLIFE made sure that the volunteers got an understanding of the complexity of issues that lead to underprivileged people in communities outside of the main city

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Hannah Van Hofwegen
University of Ottawa

Whether it was basketball with the local kids, assisting the doctors, talking with families, building washrooms, holding babies, or spending time with the people who were on the SLT with me, this was an amazing opportunity that I would do over and over again.

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Isabelle Holt
Cornell University

I loved learning about the patients MEDLIFE has followed and how they offer real help to people with chronic/urgent conditions. It is amazing how the organization formed real connections with the communities.

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Valerie Lindeborg

Our family had the privilege of participating in multiple trips with Nick [founder] and his amazing staff. Their expertise made the trips unforgettable while instilling in my boys the fundamentals of good character: selflessness, compassion, and empathy.

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Harry Vildibill
University of Georgia

As an aspiring physician, MEDLIFE motivated me to further continue my goal of becoming a doctor. In fact, I enjoyed the Tanzania Service Learning Trip so much that I decided to go on another trip to Cusco, Peru.